After Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs published purported personal information about a Donald Trump accuser to his Twitter feed, he deleted the tweet and then apologized.
But in the hours between the tweet and the apology, social media eviscerated Hobbs and called for his figurative head on a platter.
The New York Times ran a piece Wednesday in which Jessica Leeds, who is now 74, accused the Republican presidential nominee of a decades-old instance of inappropriate sexual conduct.
Using the hashtag #MAGA, for “Make America Great Again,” Trump supporter Dobbs described 2016 as “the dirtiest campaign in our history.”
His tweet also re-tweeted an article that included personal information of Leeds. Oops.
Twitter prohibits users from publishing “other people’s private and confidential information,” including home addresses.
Dobbs deleted his tweet several hours after posting it, and several hours after that he offered this apology:
My Retweet,My Mistake,My Apology to Jessica Leeds Lou Dobbs tweets Trump accuser’s address and phone # https://t.co/iOP6MJvCEx #MAGA #Dobbs
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 13, 2016
But others deemed it too little, too late.
@LouDobbs @politico Prove you’re sorry by paying for the security detail she’ll need thanks to your misogynist venom–I mean, carelessness.
— Vs. (@JFD8) October 13, 2016
@volpela @JFD8 @LouDobbs @politico I hope she has engaged counsel.
— Chris Olsen (@Nitrouso2) October 13, 2016
@HaightStRecords @doodlebug0 @LouDobbs @FoxBusiness BADA BOOOOOM!!!!
— Seedsown (@reddroostermann) October 13, 2016
@LouDobbs sorry old man but you did that deliberately and with malice aforethought. APOLOGY IS NOT ACCEPTED .@brianstelter
— Greytdog (@Greytdog) October 13, 2016
@SybilT2 @FoxBusiness FIRE Dobbs NOW @DylanByers If she is hurt or harmed in any way YOU @LouDobbs are directly responsible =#trumptrash
— (((Nancy Ervin))) (@NancyErvin4) October 13, 2016
Still, the Fox Business host had at least one supporter in his corner.
@LouDobbs @politico Why apologize to a liar
— Lauren Williams (@laurenpaige1985) October 13, 2016
And what information about Leeds did Hobbs publish on Twitter?
“The purported personal information was posted to claim that Leeds had the same phone number as one listed for the Clinton Foundation in WikiLeaks releases (even though the phone numbers themselves did not match),” Business Insider reported.
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